Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2017 National Science Week national and local grant rounds.
Applications for the NT grant rounds have grown significantly on previous years. The array of events in the pipeline for National Science Week in the NT, are getting bigger and better every year. Keep an eye on the National Science Week website for public events during National Science Week as they are confirmed and uploaded.
desertSMART EcoFair 2017
Arid Lands Environment Centre
The desertSMART EcoFair 2017 will involve a series of community events in Alice Springs, featuring keynote science communicators, desert scientists, ecologists, renewable energy experts, Indigenous land managers and sustainable tourism operators. Events will include school hands-on activities, science quiz’s, film screenings, workshops, panels, presentations, community information stalls, and a science of gardening workshop with ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis.
HealthLAB: from Arafura to Arnhem Land
Menzies School of Health Research
HealthLAB is a mobile laboratory that brings health science and scientists to the broader public in communities around the Territory. Visitors will have a hands-on experience with modern technology through self-assessment of their own health. HealthLAB is designed to improve public awareness of the consequences of lifestyle choices on later health and increase public exposure to biomedical sciences and their career opportunities. In 2017, HealthLAB is planning to travel from the Tiwi Islands in the Arafura Sea across to west Arnhem Land.
Darwin Insect Festival
Sarah Nicole Bonney
From biosecurity to bug collecting, and from ecosystems to the ‘insect olympics’, the Darwin Insect Festival will be a half-day community festival with information stalls and activities celebrating the diversity and importance of insects and other arthropods in the environment.
For more information about national grant recipients in other states, visit the National Science Week website.
Local Science Week Grant Recipients
Dames and Drones
Casuarina Senior College
Dr Karen Joyce, a Geographical Scientist and leading academic at JCU invites the community to an open evening at Casuarina Senior College. Dames and Drones will inspire, support and educate the local community about how to plan and manage drone projects, how to fly drones safely and about geospatial data and mapping skills. The audience will also be enlightened with Karen’s techniques to effectively and competitively race drones.
Territory Wildlife Park
The community is invited to the Territory Wildlife Park to the new interactive and interpretive display, Croc Headquaters. Learn about the science behind crocodile research, crocodile management and the sustainable use of wildlife.
Our natural environment will be left to the future generation. Bush Tales strives to fill the blanks on what children see in their everyday lives; the story behind the landscape of their backyard, the verdant under footing of their walk to school, and the fascinating science behind the survival of the creatures (especially in the Northern Territory) that they meet by chance. This event engages children in the fascinating biology behind our native species and their habits, in a series of fun and engaging presentations.
Eco Village Open Day
NT Adventure Park
Take the opportunity to go for a 60 minute tour with one of the NT Adventure Park’s Guided Principle Environmental Engineers, as they open their doors for an Open Day at the NT Adventure Park. Learn about sustainable development and how the Park have repurposed 52t of waste. Have the opportunity to touch their infrastructure, buildings and even event spaces! Mingle with their team of developers who have been involved in the development and creation of the Eco-Village.
Bush Blitz Day
Bush Blitz Day gives the local community of Timber Creek the opportunity to work with visiting scientists from all over Australia, as they pass through the Bradshaw area collecting and identifying new species of insects, animals and plants. Science discovery and scientific data will be the first of its kind for the region, as the particular species have not been investigated in the past. The community will work with outside agencies to explore new scientific discoveries.
Casuarina Senior College
Geoff Carr from Star Safaris, a local astronomer, brings his three telescopes as the sun sets over the Casuarina Senior College oval, and guides guests through an evening of star gazing. The event includes a general tour of the night sky using a laser pointer, as well as viewing specific features through the telescopes. The event is open to Casuarina Senior College students and their feeder middle schools, and families, for an exclusive evening under the stars, to encourage interest in science through people’s natural astronomy curiosity.
Sustainability Superheroes Week
St Mary’s Primary School
A week-long celebration and exploration during Science Week. Participants are challenged to explore the concept of sustainability through the eyes of four superheroes; Green Thumb, Waste Warrior, Wild Child and Sparky. St Mary’s Primary School will host two events during the week; St Mary’s Sustainability Superheroes Convention and the Recycle and Reuse Preloved Book Swap.